When a person says, “You make me feel seen,” it means that they feel valued and loved. To have eyes that see a person means recognizing someone for who they are AND what they do.
For those in church leadership, it is easy to be seen as a list of accomplishments or failures. Pastors are seen delivering a sermon. They are seen leading worship. They are a smile on the stage, a handshake at the door, a head bowed in prayer.
This October, we want to invite you to see your pastor in a fresh way – to see her or him as a child of God. To see your pastor as a person who is full of hopes and dreams but also a person that has struggles and pain. We invite you to see
Studies have shown that one of the most significant factors for clergy well-being is the support pastors feel from their congregations. When we have eyes that see our pastors, we see the ways we can support and encourage each woman and man serving the Lord in vocational ministry.
For Pastor Appreciation month this October, your church is invited to have eyes that see your pastor and his/her family. See the value they hold as a child of God. See the hours of self-sacrifice and obedience. See the ways you can pray. See how you can be an encouragement. And see how you can be a source of blessing to your pastor and family.
Below you will find suggestions and resources that can be of direct benefit to your pastor(s) and their families). Use these ideas as opportunities to have eyes that see your pastor and family and communicate to them that “We see you!”
Thank you for joining us as we see our pastors. May be the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:3-4 be experienced in your church: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.”
Together in faith, let’s encourage our pastors that We See You!
Rev. Johanna Rugh, Rev. Carla Working